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Newberry Crater Rim Trail

  • Length:
    20 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Challenging
  • Nearby Cities:
    La Pine, Bend, Fort Rock
  • Region:
    Central Oregon, Southern Oregon

Trailhead Elevation: 6335 ft

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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

One of Central Oregon’s epic mountain bike rides circles Newberry Crater Rim in the Deschutes National Forest, inside the U.S. Forest Service’s Newberry Crater National Monument. The ride covers about 20 miles, with more than 2,000 feet of ups and downs. It has a high point of 7,500 feet, so you’re also dealing with lower air pressure and reduced oxygen intake due to the elevation. There are also likely to be lingering patches of snow in early summer, so August and September are the best time to ride. To do the ride, park in the picnic and fishing day-use area at Paulina Lake near the welcome center, just inside the crater and past the fee collection station. Ride east a short way on the paved road into the crater, then turn south on the gravel road that climbs to the rim of the caldera. This gravel road is pretty steep. The Crater Rim Trail trail crosses the road about 3.3 miles from the parking lot. This trail can be easy to miss. Look for a steep dirt trail that drops south, at about 7,500 feet and one mile before the end of the road at the Crater Rim viewpoint atop Paulina Peak. The trail drops steeply from the road, with a few rocks and roots that make it technical. From there, the trail goes all the way around the rim, counter-clockwise, eventually dropping down to Paulina Lake Lodge and back to the trailhead. This is one of the state’s most incredible rides and needs to be enjoyed, not endured.

Season: Summer

Trailhead: Paulina Lake Campground day use area, Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument, Deschutes National Forest, five miles north of La Pine and four miles east of Highway 97

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